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Rangers 8, Orioles 4

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Rangers 8, Orioles 4

  • Well, this was sort of like Friday's game, only the other way around.  Baltimore took a lead, looked to be in good shape, and then Texas exploded with a big 7th inning to reverse the momentum and turn it into a comfortable Rangers victory.
  • Colby Lewis had a very Colby Lewis game yesterday.  He broke the streak of Rangers starters giving up no more than 3 runs in a game, as he allowed 4 runs in 6 innings.  3 of those came on home runs, including a line drive home run by Chris Davis that went into the right field stands about as quickly as you'll ever see a ball leave the park.  However, as usual, he minimized the damage, kept the Rangers in the game, and turned it over to the bullpen after 6.  His ending line:  6 IP, 10 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 7 Ks, 3 HRs.  A very Colby outing.
  • Keone Kela, Sam Dyson and Shawn Tolleson pitched the 7th-8th-9th and mowed down the O's, with a Kela walk being the only baserunner allowed.  It was Kela's 23rd birthday yesterday, and he celebrated by picking up the "W."
  • It was a big day for the bats yesterday, with the offense picking up 14 hits and 4 walks, and having numerous hard hit outs that made it feel like there was even more going on.  The Rangers only had a pair of runs to show for all the noise after six innings, though, both coming on runs scoring on Adrian Beltre outs.
  • The 7th inning rally was started by catcher Brett Nicholas, who drew a leadoff walk.  Delino DeShields then doubled, chasing Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo, who still hasn't recorded an out in the 7th inning of a game since last June.  The O's brought in lefty T.J. McFarland to face Nomar Mazara, and Mazara responded with a grounder in the hole on the right side of the infield.  Chris Davis made a great diving stop, but with no one covering first base, Mazara had an infield single, and the Rangers had cut the lead to 4-3.  Prince Fielder followed that up with a hot shot down the first base line Davis fielded, stepping on first and throwing home to try to get DeShields, who was trying to score.  The tag was a hair late, DeShields was safe, and it was a 4-4 game.  After Adrian Beltre was intentionally walked, Mitch Moreland smoked a double to give the Rangers a 5-4 lead, chasing McFarland for Michael Givens.  Ryan Rua fanned, but then Rougned Odor singled in a pair to make it a 7-4 game.  Elvis Andrus, who had had a hard-luck game with three hard-hit balls for outs, including two balls that Manny Machado made terrific plays on to turn XBHs into outs, then singled in the final run, providing the Rangers with their 8-4 margin of victory.
  • For a team that has not looked good offensively, yesterday was kind of a big deal, as hits were registered, runs were scored, and balls were hit hard throughout the game.  DeShields and Mazara each picked up three hits, Moreland and Odor had a pair of hits apiece, and everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Ryan Rua.
  • The comeback victory puts the Rangers in sole possession of first place now, and sets the stage for Texas to take the series on Sunday, with Derek Holland on the mound.